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. patchari raksawong in bangkok has the story. >>> at least 70 people were injured when police broke up the demonstration. the protesters say the copper mine is damaging the environment. myanmar's decision to use force is likely to cause alarm among western nations who have praised its democratic reforms. and so why did the government pretsz ahead with the crackdown? well, nhk world's jun kobayashi reports from yangon. >> reporter: the crowd included local buddhist monks. the demonstrators demanded a halt to mining operations in central myanmar. local officials say at least 70 people were injured. the protests began in mid-november. local residents say they were forced from their homes. they say the mine is polluting the environment. president thein sein stressed the crackdown. he issued a statement saying the protest were broken up according to the law. the largest opposition leader aung san suu kyi went to the site on thursday night. she called on both sides to seek settlement. >> translator: i want to solve this problem peacefully and in a dignified manner. i want to request that all
to facilitate the u.s. effort in the vietnam war and also many american soldiers went on r & r to bangkok and spent a lot of time there. so in terms of direct support and peripheral support, thailand was a close ally of the u.s. and an important part of the war effort. >> host: did that country have soldiers in vietnam? >> guest: absolutely. that what concentrate on in the book. thailand sent some 37,000 soldiers, half soldiers, others combat support. they also spent some smaller naval units and air units. still there, was definitely combat units working with the united states, work with the south vietnamese and filipinos and south korean. >> host: what about casualties? >> guest: the talks tike 500 plus casualties -- i should say 500 thais died in south vietnam fighting what we call the viet cong. it's an important detail to focus on because those who don't know the history of thai involvement tend to dismiss them as the insulting term they use is america's mercenaries, because we paid for the -- a lot of the military hardware and transportation and logistics and extra pay the thai troop
it has even begun. patchari raksawong in bangkok has the story. >>> president obama will visit thailand, myanmar, and cambodia on his first overseas trip since winning re-election earlier this month. myanmar is the destination that's making some observers unhappen pip. human rights say it's just too soon and the country's small steps towards democracy don't yet deserve a visit from the president of the united states. obama's national security adviser tom donilon defended the trip. he says it will advance the cause of reform in myanmar. >> the president's visit this time reflects his conviction that engagement is the best way to encourage burmese authorities to further action. >> human rights groups oppose the visit. they say the former pariah state has not achieved true democratic reform and ethnic minorities continue to face persecution. obama will meet his counterpart thein sein. donilon stressed obama will raise the issue of violence with myanmar's leaders. a week of violence last month claimed about 90 lives according to the official account. more than 100,000 people have been displ
that's causing controversy before it has even begun. patchari raksawong in bangkok has the story. >>> president obama will visit thailand, myanmar, and cambodia on his first overseas trip since winning re-election earlier this month. now, myanmar is the destination that's making some observers unhappy. human rights groups say it's just too soon and the country's small steps towards democracy don't yet deserve a visit from the president of the united states. obama's national security adviser, tom donilon, defended the trip. he says it will advance the cause of reform in myanmar. >> the president's visit this time reflects his conviction that engagement is the best way to encourage burmese authorities to further action. >> human rights groups oppose the visit. they say the former pariah state has not achieved true democratic reform and ethnic minorities continue to face persecution. obama will meet his counterpart thein sein. donilon stressed obama will raise the issue of violence with against muslim rohina with myanmar's leaders. a week of violence last month claimed about 90 live
soldiers went to bangkok and in terms of support thailand was the close ally. >>host: did they have soldiers? >> absolutely. they spent 37 -- cent to 37,000 soldiers to fight in vietnam also they sent smaller naval units but definitely fighting and working with the united states and south vietnamese. >>host: what about casualties? >> 500 + that died in south vietnam while fighting the the it can't -- vietcong. it is important because of those who don't know 10 to dismiss them as the insulting term is america and mercenaries because we paid for the military part where but for four years thailand would carry out the war and what they saw as their war in south vietnam's. casualty's is what we should keep in mind. >>host: professor ruth when did relations tel? they participated in the iraq war and world war ii. >> you can daypack to the famous example of the abraham lincoln war elephant troubles with the war but in the 20th century with the close u.s. ally -- ally disrupted partly but as soon as the cold war g
to remain on the region during the obama's second term. jun kobayashi, nhk world, bangkok. >>> pakistan is showcasing state-of-the-art weapons and military equipment at a technology fair as it steps up its anti-terrorism efforts. pakistan is a major world importer of arms, and china is eager to boost sales in the country. pakistani government is hosting the fair in kara shi chi where 130 military-related companies from 21 countries gathering to show off their wares. china is a key weapons provider for pakistan and is operating a pavilion at the fair to promote its businesses. a company official attending event says china can provide all the equipment the pakistani military needs to conduct counterterrorism operations. pakistan is collaborating with china to develop military equipment. the code developed jf-17 fighter plane is also on display at the exhibition. >> modern fighter airplanes which are available in other airplanes as well but very high coast. this is very economical, uses the right economic power, and also easy to maintain. >> the fair is also a forum for pakistan to promote
earthquake. dhra dhirakaosal in bangkok has more details. >>> at least 11 people are confirmed dead after the quake struck central myanmar on sunday. people have been forced to seek shelter as rescue workers struggle to reach those in need. residents of mandalay are living in makeshift shelters and tents. many people said they were too afraid to go back home. >> we're still afraid of earthquakes and can't even eat. we're staying in the field to be ready if another earthquake strikes. >> the magnitude 6.2 tremor was centered around 110 kilometers north of mandalay. hundreds of homes and buildings rr damaged or destroyed. the u.s. geological society reported a 5.8 magnitude aftershock later sunday. reuters says at least 11 people died, but that figure is likely to rise. several workers remain unaccounted for following the collapse of an unfinished bridge over the river. >>> the shooting of a teenage girl in pakistan for defending women's rights to education has shocked the world. the pakistani government is now under pressure to tackle issues including islamic extremism and poverty that pre
. cholaphansa narula in bangkok is following this story. >> the afghan intelligence agency is one of the locations near tuesday's attacks in kabul. the incidents underline the security challenges afghanistan faces as nato-led combat troops prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014. >> translator: it was around 6:30 in the morning. a rocket landed here and hit a car, wounding two people. >> app quotes afghan police as saying at least four rockets were fired into northeastern kabul on tuesday morning. some of them landed near a compound used by the afghan intelligence service and also near a private tv station. officials say one person was killed and three others injured. afp says the taliban has claimed responsibility. tuesday was the anniversary of the taliban's withdrawal from kabul 11 years ago following the u.s.-led invasion of afghanistan. >>> an envoy from afghanistan has visited pakistan to try and make progress towards peace talks with the taliban. the envoy was expected to ask pakistan to use its influence to encourage the taliban to start a dialogue. progress seemed increasi
news and insight on south and southeast asia every weekday live from bangkok only on nhk world "newsline." >>> wine lovers have started popping the corks on this year's beaujolais. sales of the 2012 vintage begin on thursday. thanks to geography, people in japan are the first to sample the french wine each year. wine experts say this year's grape harvest suffered from poor weather. producers in france's beaujolais region wonder tuesday they wld be able to meet demand. vineyards faced heavy rain, cool temperatures, and summertime hailstorms. the harvest of grapes used in buy voe beaujolais was one of the worst on record. producers wanted to make sure they could quench japanese consumers' thirst. they shipped 8 million bottles to japan, the same number as last year. to do this, they reduced the amount available for sale in france. >> translator: it's difficult to me new orderthis year. but we will be able to deliver the wine to japanese customers without problem. >> people in the northern japanese city of sapporo celebrated the release of this year's vintage at midnight. >> trans
. patchari raksawong in bangkok is following the story. the criticism comes from an expert panel appointed by the united nations itself. sri lanka's government had fought for independence for two decades and the u.n. was guilty of a grave failure because it failed to protect civilians. at least 70,000 people are believed to have died in the course of the civil war that ended in 2009. one year earlier, government forces launched a fierce campaign to retake areas still held by tamil insurgents. many civilians were killed, but the u.n. withdrew its foreign staff from the combat zone. the report released on wednesday says the u.n. withdrawal came after a warning from the sri lankan government that it would not guarantee their safety. the report cite cit sizes the u.n. council for not investigating the civilian casualties in sri lanka has part of its official agenda. secretary-general ban ki-moon has said the u.n. will learn from the report's findings to better serve civilians caught in conflict. >>> here in thailand, u.s. defense secretary leon panetta has arrived and held talks with his thai
in bangkok on the details. >> reporter: thousands of workers took to the streets of jakarta on thursday to demonstrate. they oppose low wages and a plan for them to cover welfare cost. [ chanting ] >> protesters gathered near the presidential palace and marched to the parliament building calling for an increase in the minimum wage. the indonesian economy grew by 6.5% last year, but with that growth comes a higher cost of living. demonstrators carried signs lambasting a 2011 law that will require salary reductions to cover social security and health benefits. the law is expected to go into effect in 2014, but workers say those costs should remain the government's responsibility. similar prothave been recently held in other cities around the country as workers urge the government to protect them. >>> phuket is an idyllic location in southern thailand has plans to lure a segment of the muslims who make up nearly 25% of the world's population. we have more. >> reporter: eight million travellers a year head to phu t phuket. ♪ >> reporter: one of phuket's annual tourism events shows what t
to cope with the rising cost of living. our bureau in bangkok has the details. >> reporter: thousands of workers took to the streets of jakarta on thursday to demonstrate they oppose low wages and a plan to cover welfare costs. protesters gathered near the presidential palace and marched to the parliament building calling for an increase in the minimum wage. the indonesian economy grew by 6.5% last year, but with that growth comes a higher cost of living. demonstrators carried signs on the 2011 law requiring salary reductions to cover social security and health benefits. the law is expected to go into effect in 2014. but workers say those costs should remain the government's responsibility. similar protests have been recently held in other cities around the country as workers urge the government to protect them. one of the world's most famous traveled denations. now the idyllic island on southern thailand has plans to lure a growing segment of the mark. thpredinantly buddhist country makes up nearly 25% of the world's population. here's the report. >> seeking sand and thailand's famou
up our bulletin from bangkok. i'm patchari raksawong in bangkok. >>> a court in south korea is dealing with a delicate legal matter that involves two of its closest neighbors. it has opened a hearing to determine whether to extradite a chinese national to japan for starting a fire at the yasukuni shrine in tokyo. the site honors japan's war dead, including war criminals. tokyo police suspect 38-year-old liu qiang set fire to a gate at the shrine last december. he already served a ten-month prison term for throwing four firebombs at the japanese embassy in seoul in january. authorities in japan demanded his extradition after he finished serving time, but officials in china want liu sent home for humanitarian reasons. they say he suffers from mental illness. the chinese government helped assemble liu's defense team. liu told the seoul high court thursday he started the shrine fire because he was trying to correct the japanese government's historical views. he asked the court to send him back to china saying he would not get a fair trial in japan. liu's defense team said his cr
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happened to the man with a little extra junk in his trunk. >>> and running in bangkok gets brighter. >> by wearing l.e.d. suits. i like it. >> see the cool moves all lit i like it. [z >>> welcome back to the show. don't forget to check in at rightthisminute.com. great videos all day long. >>> while most of us are hitting the stores to buy our loved ones some christmas gifts, there are those that decide to just take them. we found video on dfwdallas. this is security footage from a macy's in garland, texas. you see three men walk into this macy's really quickly and looks like they have an idea of what they need and just seconds later you see the same three men running out with something large in their hands. those three men in 13 seconds took 80 watches worth $19,000. they didn't even bother with smash and grab. they just grabbed the cases. they cut the security rope and they ran out. >> they must have had this planned to a tee to pull that off in 13 seconds. >> these people are awful. >> they're grinches. >> i have another video of a very similar thing. the second video we found on
. white house correspondent dan lothian is in bangkok this morning. what is the president hoping to accomplish? >> reporter: he wants to high light things, not just this country but other countries in the region. u.s. dealing with north korea, syria, iran. so this is part of the overall effort by the obama administration to continue pushing this refocus or this pivot is the word they like to use to asia. we saw last year, at the end of last year when the president did an asia trip and australia announced that u.s. troops, marines, would be going to that region. that was part of the defense component of this. they also see great benefits both domestically in the u.s. but also in this region. the president has talked about how trade in this region could lead to jobs at home. so these are some of the issues that the president will be addressing, but perhaps first and foremost we'll be talking about the push for democracy across the region and how thailand can play a role in that, victor. >> so myanmar is next. is that a bit controversial? >> reporter: well, it is. i mean this is a b
. >>> on to our top story this morning. president obama launched his tower of southeast asia, arrived in bangkok sunday afternoon local time. the president is holding a news conference with the prime minister now. the two leaders are fielding questions from journalists. he is scheduled to sight see, a private meeting with the prime minister and official dinner. the president will visit cambodia also. the visit to my an mar is the first by a sitting president. >>> escalating conflict between israel and gaza strip. militants fired another rocket at tel aviv today but was intercepted. here's more. [sirens] >> reporter: the violence in the middle east continues to escalate. militants in gaza have unleashed hundreds of rockets against israel, including new weapons aimed at tel aviv. in response, the israeli military has deployed a rocket defense system. >> slight probability it will hit inside tel aviv. the iron dome brings down this possibility to a very small probability. >> reporter: a convoy of israeli troops and tanks can be seen driving towards the border saturday. video reportedly shows the n
vehicles. it's said to become the production center. toyota president made the announcement in bangkok during the 50th anniversary ceremonies for the firm's thai unit. >> in the near future we plan to build as many as one million vehicles a year. >> the goal is to churn out one and a half times more product than the current 6,000 units per year. toyota is the best selling auto maker in thailand. three plants roll out vehicles for domestic consumption to over 100 countries including the rest of southeast asia. >>> the indian government has approved a project to export rare earth metals to japan. japanese trading house and an indian firm have teamed .urces thursday. toyota executives are said to begin test operations next month at 80ss extraction facility in southern india. exports will begin next year. that's all for business news this hour. i'll leave you with a recap of the region's markets. >>> it's two against one in south korea's upcoming election. now they're putting their plans into place. representatives hopeful met with supporters of independent candidate. they began crafting a
loose grounds. 30 degrees sill looking here in the tropics. manila 33. bangkok at 34 degrees. here in the americas things r calm and dry. even toward central canada things are clearing out. also here in the pacific northwest a system will be moving in and that could add 30 centimeters. things will be tapering off a houston e, louisiana, 30s here. don't digits finally moving there. he this system is going to be better. we're looking at very wet conditions into the next 24/48 too. the gusts are going to be very strong as well. here is the extended forecast. >>> our lead stories this hour. israeli government has been pounded targets inside gaza. the flair up and fighting is raising concerns of a wider conduct similar to what happened in 2008. >>> riz ray lee forces have attack. hostilities started with an air triek. the military chief. at least 15 have dies in all, including children. ga rests are staying ng. >> reporter: in fact, it was a bad night for young and old people especially for children. >> hamas is ratcheting up its attacks. fighters law firmed more than 250 rockets in isr
le lluevan misiles a sus ciudadanos dijo en bangkok, dijo que no se agrave ya que se podrÍan movilizar a gaza, el embajador de israel en estados unidos, agradeciÓ el apoyo del presidente >> compartimos sus preocupaciones y para evitar que el conflicto aumente, hamas tiene que parar de atacarnos a nosotros, tenemos a 5 millones y medio de israelÍs. >> pero israel no quiere apegarse a plazos. >> minutos antes que nos sentimos las sirenas volvieron a sonar en tel aviv. en israel el primer ministro declarÓ que estaban preparados para expandir la operaciÓn militar en gaza. si continÚan. operando una vez que el reporte. en palestinos. lo que hamas utilizaba. en contacto para terroristas en gaza. con 2 civiles y hacen lo posible para la zona de combate incluyendo. hamas. ahÍ estÁ con todo. jamas utiliza a su poblaciÓn. >> el presidente egipcio tambiÉn buenos kahn una soluciÓn en el pasado egipcio, ha jugado un pasado mo mediador entre israel y hamas dice el embajador warren dicen la posibilidad de este fuego. hamas tiene que dar marcha atrÁs y tiene que acceder no solamen
of those killed were militants for hamas or one of the associated palestinian terror groups. in bangkok thailand, president obama said sunday the u.s. while working to de-escalate the situation and end the fighting would stand behind its ally. >> we're fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes, workplaces and potentially killing and we'll continue to support israeli's right to support itself. >> eliot: a poll said that 57% support israel's israel. egypt is serving as an intermediary in the ongoing talks vicinity's president told reporters if the situation was further escalateed this co-mean dire consequences, and we could not accept that, and the free world could not accept that. william hague seemed to agree. a ground invasion is much more difficult for the international community to support. for more for the efforts to broker peace i'm joined by james traub and by joe cirincione president of the global security foundation and author of "bomb scare: the history and future of nuclear weapons." why now? why is this simmer conflict simmeri
there but staying in the 30s here in the tropics and bangkok 32. moving over to the american continent let's talk about the pacific continent moving in. all these storms will be lining up for the weekend. northern california and southern oregon you can see this very pink patch moving along the reon. 0 additional milmete of rainfall will be possible. that's enough capable of producing flash floods and further land slides. also heavy snow will be piling up in the cascades and the canadian rockies. snowfall amounts could be about 50 centimeters. also gusty conditions. gusts of about 100 kilometers per hour. it's going to bring you blizzard conditions, very low visibility across your area. new york dipping down into the single digits. winnipeg at minus 3. moving over to the european continent. really rough weather impacts the western portions. let's take a look at a video from france. frigid air has been blanketing central and western parts of europe creating this heavy snowfall. about 40 centimeters have piled up causing hazardous traveling conditions. more than 6,000 households were without power o
buddy-buddy trip, president obama and secretary clinton and in bangkok together and visiting the reclining buddha. they were making jokes about the 2016. and joe biden's head was exploding back here. and suddenly she's on a plane zipping out of phnom penh to say we're on our way and directly involve ourselves in this. she has not played this shuttle diplomacy role in the middle east quite the way that some of her predecessors had, right? obviously kissinger and jim baker and condi rice to various stents have been these -- back and forth missions. this is her first one in her own twilight days as secretary of state. she's getting ready to step down come inauguration in january. >> and what do you think the relationship between obama and morsi tells us about the future for the region? >> well, they see this as a possible key to beginning to unlock some of this. if morsi through his relationship to hamas is able to begin to bring them to the table in effect, that offers a lot of potential. but -- the obama administration is very cognizant of the fact that it wouldn't be easy. th
factory. dhra dhirakaosal has more details -- cholaphansa narula has more details from bangkok. >> cheaper costs are one of the big attractions, but companies are under pressure to curb risky practices after the deadly fire that erupted on saturday. the blaze killed at least 112 people and injured over 150. it was the worst garment factory fire in bangladeshi history. police say nary narrow exits in the nine-story building trapped workers inside. the world's largest retailer walmart revealed on monday that one of its suppliers had subcontracted work to the company without permission. walmart said it terminated its relationship with the supplier. other brands such as nike and the gap have denied having any connection with the factory. another fire broke out in a garment factory outoutside dhaka. no casualties were reported. the labor rights forum says the tragedy should be a call to action for global manufacturers that proffer from low wages in bangladesh. workers have taken to the streets to demand better conditions. bangladesh has about 4,500 factories, making it the second biggest export
. on the flip side, though, bangkok with a high of 35. look over towards the americas and first talk about the northeast here. some cleari ing skies across mu of this a area, but you are still recovering from sandy which occurred last week. i want to show you a video out of queens here in new york, one week after sandy hit. this was a low-lying area that was inundated by massive waves and battered by hurricane-force winds. at least 100 homes were destroyed from a fire resulting from a gas explosion triggered by the storm here. the main challenge facing these residents is a lack of heating and electricity as temperatures are expected to fall here throughout the next several days due to a high pressure coming in from the great lakes. you see this, that's carrying an abundance of cold air with it. overnight temperatures could be getting down to freezing, even below freezing. farther towards the south, we have this low-pressure area. that's going to spark up severe weather across the gulf states drawing in moisture out of the gulf of mexico here, pulling it off there towards the north. severe
lives about 450 kill meometers away f bangkok. life has not always been easy. after divorcing her british husband when their child was only two and a half years old she single handey raised jele. she would do anything for her only child from working at a chew factory to being a maid at a hotel. >> translator: it was a hard time. i had to work alone. i often couldn't afford my child's education and asked for help from my sisters. i have just taught jele to be a good person. i let him decide to be a woman because it's his life. >> reporter: on the big night she is glued to tv watching the pageants final contest. >> goes to number 7 from thailand. >> reporter: when the moment came, jele took third place after her fellow fiphilippine know and brazilian contenders. >> translator: i'm happy she won third place. i just hope she do what she likes in the future. i want to tell her i got third place and to be proud of your child. i really want to see my mom now. >> reporter: although born as a boy and now living as a woman the love between jele and her mother is unconditional and this mothe
450 kilometers away from bangkok. she is the owner of a small restaurant. however, life has not always been easy. after divorcing her british husband when their child was only two and a half years old, she single handedly raised jele. she would do anything for her only child from working at a shoe factory to being a maid at a hotel. >> translator: it was a hard time. i had to work alone. i often couldn't afford my child's education and asked for help from my sisters. i have just taught jele to be a good person. i let him decide to be a woman because it's his life. >> reporter: on the big night, she is glued to tv watching the pageant's final contest. >> goes to number seven from thailand. >> reporter: when the moment came, jele took third place after her fellow filipino and brazilian contenders. >> translator: i'm very glad to see she won third place. i just hope she will do what she likes in the future. >> translator: if she has been watching me tonight on tv, i want to tell her i got third place and to be proud of your child. i really want to see my mom now. >> reporter: although bor
la with a high of 32, bangkok up to 35. minus 3 on ulaanbaatar on our friday. let's take a look over towards the americas. here in the northeast, a nor'easter now rushing off into the new england states and eventually off there to canada, bringing some fair weather behind it. actually, this morning if you're waking up in new york, you're seeing some better skies and sunny skies possibly, but there's a mess on the ground. all that wet snow sticking to the surfaces, that's going to be creating some very dangerous driving conditions out here with that wet, sticky snowmaking those roads rather slippery. definitely over oh the next several days driving across new england and new york and eastern pennsylvania, it's going to be a slow go, so slow down out there as that high pressure continues to move in. then we're looking at this low across ed idaho and northern montana, even southern portions of montana. look at the snowfall forecast, actually, up to 45 centimeters of snow is expected here and those dark areas in blue, even over towards california as that moisture runs onshore. it's going
world, bangkok. >>> pakistan is showcasing state-of-the-art weapons and military equipment at a technology fair as it steps up its anti-terrorism efforts. pakistan is a major world importer of arms, and china is eager to boost sales in the country. pakistani government is hosting the fair in karachi where 130 military-related companies from 21 countries gathering to show off their wares. china is a key weapons provider for pakistan and is operating a pavilion at the fair to promote its businesses. a company official attending event says china can provide all the equipment the pakistani military needs to conduct counterterrorism operations. pakistan is collaborating with china to develop military equipment. the code developed jf-17 fighter plane is also on display at the exhibition. >> have all capabilities of a modern fighter airplanes which are available in other airplanes, as well, but very high cost. this is very economical, uses the right economic power, and also easy to maintain. >> the fair is also a forum for pakistan to promote its own weapons such as tanks, missile
and southeast asia every weekday live from bangkok, only on nhk world "newsline". >>> the mayor of an island in the east china sea is trying to diffuse a dispute over fishing rights. he is visiting taiwan to talk about access to waters off the senkaku islands. he administers the territory. taiwan and china claim the islands. he visited the town of seoul. they have been sister cities for 17 years. he met with the suao mayor and representatives of the fishing cooperative. >> translator: there are various disputes over the senkaku islands between japan and taiwan. i believe our two communities can resolve the issues one by one. >> he said he hopes to resolve the dispute. fishing boats from su eered japanese waters off the islands in september. they're protesting japan's decision to national lies the islands. official from japan and taiwan began talks on fishing in the area 16 years ago. the talks have been suspended for more than three and a half years. people in northern japan are dealing with stormy weather, strong gusts are causing disruptions there. maya shoji explains. >> northern japan an
. >> reporter: the president touched down at bangkok on sunday on a three-day whirlwind trip to east asia. he used a joint press congress fence with the prime minister of thailand to strongly support israel's right to defend lisits. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside it's borders. we fully support israel's right to defend itself. >> reporter: the president issues a plea to allies of the palestinians playing on their hope that including a palestinian state next to israel. >> if we see a further escalation of the strikes on gaza, then the likelihood of getting back on any kind of a peace track that leads to any kind of solution is going to be pushed off way into the future. >> reporter: tomorrow the president makes an historic visit to myanmar, a country that just a few years ago was isolated from the world community. president obama defended the trip as some human rights advocates say it's coming too soon. >> this is not an endorsement of the bermese government, this is an acknowledgement that there is a process underway inside
every weekday live from bangkok. only on nhk world "newsline." >>> you usually find musical performances and art displays in separate venues. but a new exhibition in tokyo combines the two. award winning composing sakamora plays a key in the show. >> reporter: take a look at the porcelain bowls floating in this pool. now listen. when the bowls collide, you hear a bell-like sound. it's never the same. the movement of the water changes the music. and this isn't your traditional record player. the needle doesn't follow the grooves on the vinyl record. instead a light beam reads the rings on a piece of wood. it computes the thickness, depth and color and translates that into musical notes. art and music search is an exhibit of artworks that cross between the audio and visual worlds. here people can see music and listen to art. this exhibit allows people to experience a blend of those sensations at once. a composer is the exhibit's executive adviser. he was inspired for the contemporary music and his love for visual arts. sakamoto says his goal is to combine the best of both worlds. >> transl
specifically called for more religious freedom. on a stop in thailand, the president visited bangkok's famous temple of the reclining buddha. he told monks there he needed prayers for help in his dealings with congress back home. >>> and heret home, those lawmake are negotiating with the administration over how to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" looming at the end of the year. this week, a group of christian leaders urged congress and the president not to cut anti-poverty programs as they struggle to reach a deal. in an open letter, the leaders said "we pray during this season, in which we give thanks and offer gifts, that you will advance policies that protect the poor, not ones that make them poorer." >>> meanwhile, a prominent christian advocacy group said while some progress has been made in fighting hunger and poverty worldwide, much more needs to be done. in its annual report, bread for the world called for a renewed push in meeting a series of international goals, including a pledge to cut poverty and hunger in half by the year 2015. the group said in order for those goals to be met
of saying whether the constitution should be changed. >> and that wraps up our bulletin from bangkok. scientists are raising the alarm over another source of global warming. that comes from perm ma frost which scientists say is melting releasing greenhouse gasses trapped under the ice. the authors say perma frost contains huge amounts of carbon from the melting of organic matter. perma frost covers almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere including large parts of siberia and canada. it could release as much as 105 giga tons of co2 before the end of the year. >> perma frost tends to be very durable but when it melts, tarrant county infrastructure gets soft. >> the scientists warn emissions from perma frost could start within the next few decades. >>> japanese officials have struggled to deal with the tainted soil from the fukushima daiichi meltdown. no one wants to touch it. now there has been a break through of sorts. the government has gotten the release to look for possible storage sites on their land. fukushima governor told leaders from several municipalities, that he wants to
kong and a hot day in bangkok, 33. all right let's go now across to the americas. very clear day across much of the u.s., mexico, and canada. we've got a system weakening off in the northwest, even out towards the northeast. high pressure is pushing in as that long front moves away. we are still going to see some showers continuing here around florida up into the carolinas. you could see some heavier rain with that as well, some thunder and lightening. temperatures are going to be falling across the northeast. you'll notice a big dip in new york, down to 19, 10 in d.c. and 7 in toronto. meanwhile, 1 degree in win be any peg which is warmer than the past couple of days. taking a quick look into europe. things are looking a little bit dryer in the next 24 hours for the british isles. having a steady stream of moisture coming in, heavy rain hitting western norway as well as scotland and northern ireland and ireland. things are going to get a little bit clearer across the british aisles as we head on into thursday. however, still seeing some snow up towards the north of norway and some heav
are still very active out across much of this region. temperatures remaining on the warm side, too. bangkok with a high of 34, beijing at 11, and ulan bator getting up to only minus 9 here on your friday. look over towards the americas with high pressure dominating much of the united states and canada, keeping the skies clear here. you see on the precipitation outlook, nothing much going on. we do have a system moving just off the coastline of the southeastern u.s. that's going to start to bring fairer weather. the one system we are continuing to watch is this one here moving into northern california, around san francisco. if you have any flights in or out of here, check ahead of time. this is going to create some rain, maybe some fog with it, and it is going to be reducing visibilities, so you'll want to check on that. even out to the sierra nevadas, some snowfall will be accompanying it as well. as far as temperatures, also on the cool side with clear skies. chicago, only a high of 10, winnipeg minus 8 here going through your afternoon hours. now these temperatures will start to rebound a
warnings across the philippines. here are your temperatures, 33 degrees expected in bangkok on wednesday. meanwhile dropping to the mid teens in shanghai as well as chongqing. tokyo looking for 16. single digits in seoul. six degrees here, ten in beijing and minus six for the high in ulan bator. a quick look into the americas tells us things are looking very clear here across much of the center of the continent. in fact, mexico right through central canada. however, our low pressure, the system that's been pushing into the pacific northwest still seeing showers, coastal rain and mountain snow. that is actually starting to settle down. out east we have this long front which has been bringing showers all the way down to the gulf of mexico. it's going to be bringing you, in fact, some snowshowers in parts of new york state, pennsylvania, up into new england new england. but it's not going to be accumulating. it's not going to lie. just a few light snowshowers. temperatures will drop dramatically but should rebound by the end of the week. we'll have high pressure moving in. things will be ni
to raise international pressure to a cease-fire. on a 3-day asia tour streak bangkok president obama blamed mill faints for starting round of fighting. >> there's no country that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside the borders. so, we are fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes. >> reporter: president obama cautioning against a ground invasion in gaza saying the casualties would deepen. despite that, all along the border, there are play tunes of railsy troops -- play tunes of israeli troops -- play tunes of ies he -- platoons of race yell troops waiting for the order. >> this is the reality we faced now and before the operation will not be the reality afterwards. >> reporter: president obama says he is been in touch with the leaders of israel egypt and turkey, it appears cairo is taking the lead role and trying to negotiate a peace deal between hamas and israel. along the israeli gaza border, david lee miller fox news. >>> some lawmakers today are demanding to know who created the talking points used by the ob
this story. >> dave: fox news alert. video of the president arriving in bangkok and thailand is the first country in the swing through asia. the first international trip since his reelection. >> clayton: peter doocy is live in washington following the president with all of the details, good morning, peter. >> good morning, clayton, it is president obama's first international trip since the election, what they hope to get done before they get back to d.c., meet with the longest reigning monarch in the world, the king of thailand overnight and he's been in power since 1946. and a fun fact he was actually born in massachusetts, and next up comes burma, the president is visiting despite the very shaky record on human rights, but the white house says they think the best way to get burma to shape up is to directly engage them and add that the burmese have made continued positive action in the early stages of transition to democracy. a trip to cambodia on the schedule where he'll attend a summit with the association of southeast asian nations and host nation like burma, less than impressive huma
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